Burma Times Desk Report: February 11, 2015
The spiritual leader of Buddhism, Dalai Lama stressed the need to clarify misunderstandings that have arisen about Islam. Dalai Lama was speaking in the USA at a panel discussion organised by the Development Organization for Societies in Transition – DOST, a word which also means friend in South Asia.
During the meeting Dalai Lama said that the bloody actions of a few terrorists should not tarnish the name of a religion practised by around a billion people round the world.
Referring to the aspect of jihad that calls for the suppression of one’s inner evils, the Buddhist spiritual leader also said, “So it seems that people like me are engaged in ‘jihad’ every day.”
Stressing the need to develop inner peace, the Dalai Lama also said, “But the situation in places like Syria and Iraq is now so harsh that we have to find new ways to bring people in conflict closer together. It will take great determination.”